Kim Dotcom is the founder of Megaupload, a now-defunct file-sharing online service that was registered in Hong Kong. The German citizen also has residency in New Zealand and Hong Kong. In January 2012, Dotcom was indicted in the US and accused of racketeering by facilitating massive copyright fraud. He was arrested in Coatesville, Auckland, New Zealand, during an armed raid and is fighting extradition to the US.
Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...
Kim Dotcom back in web business
Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom announces a new file-sharing site at his Auckland mansion tomorrow, exactly a year after armed police arrested him at the same venue in the world's largest online piracy case. The 38-year-old, a Hong Kong permanent resident and German national, remains on bail while he faces a US extradition attempt on a range of charges, including money laundering, racketeering and copyright theft.
Survey reveals young people's hopes
The world's largest youth-run organisation, AIESEC, releases the results of a survey on issues surrounding how young people perceive Hong Kong society and what they anticipate the city will be like in 10 years at its Youth Impact Forum at City University. The forum will be joined by more than 250 local students and others from as far afield as Australia, Canada, Japan and Singapore.
German coalition faces tough poll test
German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats face a regional vote in Lower Saxony state tomorrow highlighting challenges her coalition faces in a re-election bid in September amid collapsing support for her allies in the Free Democratic Party. Merkel's CDU leads the opposition Social Democrats in Lower Saxony in opinion polls. Yet the FDP is at or below the 5 per cent threshold needed to win seats. This could put the CDU behind an SPD-Green alliance.
Obama takes oath of office
US President Barack Obama takes the oath of office at a private swearing-in ceremony tomorrow at the White House for his second presidential term, which begins at noon. The public ceremony comes a day later when 500,000 to 800,000 people are expected to pass through the National Mall. Crowds may be smaller than when Obama was first inaugurated in 2009, but security will be as tight.
Batmobile goes under the hammer
Ever wanted to own your own Batmobile? The original car from the Batman television series is going up for auction today. Only one version was made of the 1955 Lincoln Futura. The hand-built concept car developed by Ford was sold to the producers of the series for US$1. The auction price is expected to be considerably higher, but may not challenge the US$4.6 million paid in 2010 for an Aston Martin DB5 used in James Bond films.
Voting begins in sports awards
Public voting begins in what is sure to be a fiercely contested edition of the Bank of China Hong Kong Sports Stars Awards, boosted by the Olympic effect. The public can vote in four categories, Sports Stars Awards, Junior Sports Stars Awards, Sports Stars Awards for Team Only Sport, Sports Stars Awards for Team Events. Favourite for the overall Best of the Best award is Olympic cycling bronze medallist Sarah Lee Wai-sze.